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Bittersweet Thanksgiving for troops coming home, deploying

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was a mix of emotions today for the families of troops both coming home from service and for those being sent overseas.

Taneeshia Bellamy, 22, of Columbus, GA, was met by a screaming friend. It was Bellamy's last Thanksgiving at home before being deployed.

"I'm feeling like I just want to go and come back, place the mission first and foremost and get it done and make the Army proud," Bellamy said. "I'm thankful for my family, my church, most importantly I'm thankful that we stay in a country where freedom of speech is allowed. And I'm thankful for God as well."

Jonathan Smith, who will be sent to Alaska to serve in the Coast Guard, said this was his first Thanksgiving home with his Covington family in two years.

"I'm just thankful to get home to see my family, I haven't seen them in a little bit," Smith said. "Thankful to see my sister again. Thankful for everyone at the USO who comes out and helps us get home."

USO volunteers were on hand to help greet incoming soldiers and feed outgoing soldiers, like Marcus Johnson, who is from California.

"I'm thankful for my family and for the American people, really, that give us all the support," Johnson said. "This beautiful Thanksgiving spread is really the most beautiful thing. I'm really thankful for all the people that helped us out."

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